Jenny Louise Marie Hey y’all!  How are you?  Are you eagerly anticipating the holidays or are you already drowning in to-do lists?  I look forward to this time of year just like a kid.  And for me, the holidays start with decorating our home.  I can hardly wait until the day after Thanksgiving when it all starts.   When my children were younger my goal was to make our home feel magical.  Well, the boys are past those innocent years now.  Still, I guess I want a bit of magic even now.  I want our home to feel festive and be memorable for my family and anyRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Hey y’all.  Are you in full holiday mode yet?  I am busy making my list….make that lists… and checking them daily trying to get things done.  Between the decorating, party planning, and gift giving my mind is always going.  Well today, while I’m out celebrating my birthday, I thought I would help you (and Mr. LouiseMarie) with some things that are on wish lists of the women on your gift giving list.  These are sure to make your Christmas shopping easier or maybe you should share this post with a loved one. #senditotohubby First up, how about a new fragrance?  I haveRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Oh my goodness!  I look forward to decorating for the holidays all year long.  Some people count down until Christmas.  Not me.  I count down until time to decorate.  I’m not even joking.  Seriously, I look forward to it like nothing else.  Then I generally get stressed out while I’m doing it.  But in the end, I always love the result.  Today, I thought we could kick off the holiday decorating season with some awesome holiday front doors.  We want our guests to feel welcome right?  And, it sure makes a statement to anyone who passes by as well.  These pics thatRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Hey there!  How are you?  I’m good and SERIOUSLY looking forward to next week.  A week away from school and a week that includes a lot of Christmas decorating!  Honestly, it’s so close I can almost feel it.  However, today is Wednesday and that means it’s Hodgepodge day with From This Side of the Pond.  You know the drill.  It’s random questions that some blogger buddies all answer and share with each other and our readers.  So, maybe these will help you get to know me a little better.  Ready? 1. What takes you out of your comfort zone? Walking in toRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Hey there!  I have got a fun project to share with you today.  Have you maybe seen on Pinterest or at a craft fair those tall seasonal welcome signs?  In fact, I’ve pinned quite a few that I like.  I’ve seen them at different events and shops.  I’ve admired them and think they make a fun welcome.  However, every time I’ve looked at one I have been unwilling to pay the amount being asked for it.  Well, today I am going to show you how you can DIY six to twelve tall signs for about $15.  Even better…it’s super easy to do. Read More →

Our summer road trip included a stop on the Oregon coast at Coo's Bay.

Jenny Louise Marie Well hello there.  If you’ve been following along, this is the fourth post in my summer road trip series.  If you’re new around here, you can read more about our road trip here, here, and here.  Anyway, today’s post takes us to the Oregon coast, specifically Coo’s Bay.  If you live in the Pacific northwest, all I can say is that you are very, very lucky.  The beauty found here awed me, truly.  Let me tell you about our visit and share some tips if you’re planning a visit to this area. So, as you know, our family took a road trip circlingRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Hi there.  If you are new around here, welcome!  I’m so glad you are stopping by today.  You might be visiting because today is Hodgepodge day.  If you’re new around here, Hodgepodge day is the day where I join with other bloggers to answer the questions from From This Side of the Pond.  It’s kind of fun and random, but a great way to get to know each other.  So, without further ado, let’s get right to this week’s questions. 1.  In a rut, in a jam, in the groove, out of synch, off balance, out of touch…which saying best fits someRead More →